I am the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said. Luke 1:38

God is considerate toward men. He does not save them without their consent. In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth to a young Virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the Virgin’s name was Mary.

The angel came to her and said, ” Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you. ” Mary listened and was troubled at these words, wondering what his words meant. The angel stated that a baby would be born of Mary without Joseph’s intervention. The Savior was expected and welcomed by a mother : a young girl freely and knowingly accepted to be the servant of the Lord and became the mother of God.

At his coming, the Savior was to be received by a Virgin people, namely a people who would let go of their own ambition and place their future in the hands of God. God must be welcomed with a pure heart, that is a new heart not worn out in the experience of other loves.

In Jesus’ time many people concluded that the Messiah would be born of a Virgin mother prophesied by Isaiah : The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls his name Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14.

Only Mary could make known the mystery of Jesus’ conception to the primitive church. She encounter with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit : An encounter which could not be expressed in human words and indeed, Mary is a woman full of grace; beloved and favored.

Grace carried me here and by grace I will carry on.